Alleged Mobster: Jimmy Hoffa Is Buried Here

Former Cosa Nostra No. 2 Tony Zerilli breaks his silence

By Kevin Spak,  Newser Staff

Posted Jan 14, 2013 3:30 PM CST

(Newser) – Jimmy Hoffa's body might be found at long last. A man the FBI believes was once the second in command of the Detroit Cosa Nostra has broken his silence about Hoffa's disappearance, showing NBC 4 New York a field that he claims is the Teamster boss's final resting place. "If I had a thousand dollars, I'd bet you a thousand dollars he's buried here," Tony Zerilli says. The field is in suburban Detroit, just 20 miles from the restaurant where Hoffa was last seen.

Zerilli, now 85, was in prison when Hoffa died. "If I wasn't away, I don't think it would have ever happened," he said. He says he's speaking up to give Hoffa's family closure, and because "he was a friend of mine, and people connect me to his disappearance." It also probably doesn't hurt that Zerilli is, in his words, "dead broke"; he's hoping to cash in with a book and a website, hoffafound.com. Still, a former US Attorney says Zerilli represents perhaps the most promising lead ever in the case.

Tony Zerilli shows a reporter with NBC 4 New York the field where he believes Hoffa is buried.
Tony Zerilli shows a reporter with NBC 4 New York the field where he believes Hoffa is buried.   (NBC 4)
In a Sept. 28, 2012 file photo, police tape blocks a driveway in Roseville, Mich., where authorities drilled for soil samples after a source told them Jimmy Hoffa may be buried there. He wasn't.
In a Sept. 28, 2012 file photo, police tape blocks a driveway in Roseville, Mich., where authorities drilled for soil samples after a source told them Jimmy Hoffa may be buried there. He wasn't.   (AP Photo/Paul Sancya, FILE)
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